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  • Cloud Atlas
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Before Sunrise
  • Back to the Future

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  • Signs

    ★★★★

  • High and Low

    ★★★½

  • The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

  • The Bad Sleep Well

    ★★★

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  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★★

    There's a lovely feeling I get when conventional wisdom turns out to be completely wrong.

    As it's remembered now, "Signs" is a goofy mess of a film where the characters are ridiculous and the scares are non-existent. It's only recalled to make tired jokes about deadly water and to mark the point where Shyamalan "lost his way."

    How do people not see what Shyamalan does so masterfully here?

    First, there is the dialogue. It is odd to be sure, but…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★½

    For the first half of this film I more or less identified with the bourgeoisie passion play. Gondo was a capitalist bastard, but at least cared about quality control, and the chauffeur Aoki was so pitiable in his little corner of the frame. A businessman must sacrifice profits if it means public adulation, right?

    The CSI-style investigation is diverting enough (getting shades of Fincher) until the film is completely flipped on its head.

    The kidnapper becomes immensely more interesting than…

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    A bourgeoisie celebrity stands upon thousands of working class corpses in an unfunny attempt to assuage his own class guilt. Self-awareness is meaningless unless you commit class suicide and join us in the trenches.

    Also, his beard looks like a blonde fungus.

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★

    To paraphrase Karl Marx, the weight of all past horror tropes weigh like a nightmare on the brains of the living. It is almost impossible to break with tradition and create something wholly new and terrifying, so when something does this (The Lighthouse comes to mind) we are required to sit up and notice.

    "Fear Street" seems to know this, so it leans into those tropes. Hard. It does not play to this film's advantage.

    For one thing, the killers…